Reminder: CFP Gothic Escapes? at the Conference Points of Exit, Maastricht University

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 16, 2008 in News tagged with

The Centre for Gender and Diversity, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, will mark its ten-year anniversary with a conference entitled Points of Exit: (Un)conventional Representations of Age, Parenting, and Sexuality. This will take place on  March 19 an 20, 2009. The keynote lecture will be held by prof Sue Zlosnik, co-presidnet of the IGA.

The panel entitled Gothic Escapes? seeks to revisit the question if and how gothic fictions offer a way out fromrestricting narrative conventions. Can we evaluate this cultural strategy that we call Gothic politically, or does escape mean escapism? Does unconventionality immediately lead to monstrosity, or are there other options? Is it true that psycho-analytical perspectives favour the gothic as transgressive, while more historical/materialist analyses see gothic as more conservative? After the many discussions on female gothic, is there still a productive way of connecting gothic to feminism, and how should we evaluate the ways feminism has appropriated the gothic?

Send in a 500-word abstract and a short bio to (subject heading: “Gothic Escapes?”) before November 1, 2008.

For further information on the Points of Exit conference, see:
With any questions regarding this session, contact Agnes Andeweg at



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